Vixenwas formed in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1980. The group is an all female American glam, heavy metal band and they achieved some success in the late 1980's and early 1990's. Guitarist, Jan Keuhnemund formed the band while she was still in high school. Her early version of the band in 1984 consisted of her and singer Janet Gardner (vocalist, rhythm guitar). They appeared as the band, Diaper rash, in the movie, Hardbodies. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1985 so they could get more exposure and be a part of the LA rock scene. Other members to join the group were, Share Pedersen (bass guitar), and Roxy Petrucci on the drums.
The band signed with EMI records in 1988 and recorded their debut album, Vixen, which was released in September, 1988. The following year, 1989, they toured the world supporting artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions, and Bon Jovi. They also performed their own shows. In late 1989, the went back to the studio and recorded their follow up album, Rev It Up. The album was released in July, 1990. They left again for another tour and performed their own shows and also supported Kiss and Deep Purple. In 1991, the group split up because they had different opinions about the music.
In 1997, Roxy Petrucci reformed the band with Janet Gardner on vocals again. Gina Stile joined as guitarist, and Rana Ross played bass guitar. They toured the United States in 1997 and in 1998 they (with the exception of Ross, recorded the album, Tangerine. The group was sued for copyright infringement by Kuehnemund in 1998. The group split up again. It was reformed in 2001 by Kuehnemund. They toured the United States as a part of the, Voices of Metal, tour. During the tour the band split up again. Kuehnemund recruited another singer, guitar player and drum player and they continued the tour. The new members were Jenna Sanz-Agero (vocalist) Lynn Louise Lowrey (bass player), and Kat Kraft, on the drums. The group is still together today and in 2005 recorded another album and did another tour in Europe and the United States.
In 2004, VH1 convinced the original four members of the group to appear on their show, Bands Reunited. The show was recorded in August, 2004, and broadcast in the United States in November, 2004. EMI re-released the first two Vixen albums after the show aired.
Vixen had about 22 members total throughout their history. Members came and went but the band survived. They recorded one video, 7 albums, and 7 singles. They had minor success but had many fans that will remember them.
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